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Golden Rule Looking for New Skipper

“S/V Golden Rule, a project of Veterans For Peace, needs a captain/skipper who can prepare the boat and crew, then skipper the gaff-rigged ketch to and around Hawaii in spring 2019,” read a press release from Jan Passion, who’s been involved with the storied Golden Rule for a number of years. “We need a very experienced sailor who is aligned with the Veterans For Peace Golden Rule Project’s mission.  We ‘Sail for a Nuclear-Free World and a Peaceful, Sustainable Future.'”

In 1958, the original Quaker crew of the Golden Rule had intended to sail to the Marshall Islands to deliberately interfere with US nuclear testing. Golden Rule was stopped in Hawaii, but their mission was carried on by the Reynolds family aboard the Phoenix of Hiroshima. “These actions helped spur the movement that resulted in the Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963, and helped spawn Greenpeace,” a Golden Rule press release said.
© 2018 Phoenix of Hiroshima Project

There’s a possibility the new skipper will continue on a longer voyage to the Marshall Islands, Guam, Okinawa, Korea and Japan in 2020, which will mark 75 years since the US hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs, according to the press release. The 30-ft Angleman-Davies-style Golden Rule is looking for the following qualifications: “Experience with cross-ocean sailing; experience with wooden boats, preferably gaff-rigged ketches; experience directing and training crew. License not required but is preferred.”

In July 2017, the Golden Rule sailed up the Mokelumne River for a ceremony with the Phoenix of Hiroshima, which sank in the Delta in 2010.
© 2018 Brian Cowden/The Phoenix of Hiroshima Project

The Golden Rule is currently docked at the Cabrillo Isle Marina in San Diego. If you’re interested in the position, please contact Helen Jaccard, the Golden Rule Project Manager, at 206-992-6364, or email her at [email protected].

Balclutha Returns to Aquatic Park

After over a year of maintenance at Bay Ship & Yacht in Alameda, the 132-year-old Balclutha is making her return to Hyde Street Pier and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

“I looked up from my desk just now and what do I see in my little Bay view [on Mission Street in San Francisco? The Balclutha returning from Alameda?” wrote Ernest Galvan.
© 2018 Ernest Galvan
The anchorage at Aquatic Park Cove was shut down yesterday to accommodate the 301-ft square rigger’s return.

Mavericks is Firing

If you happen to be sailing to Half Moon Bay this weekend, you’re going to want to give Pillar Point a wide, wide berth. This weekend’s double dose of North Pacific energy will bring huge waves to the California coast.

East Coast surfer Will Skudin posted this photo on his Instagram today. We’re glad there are no sailboats in the lineup.
© 2018 Will Skudin

Today, the Bay Area has seen wind and light rain, which is expected to continue through tomorrow, bringing with it a small craft advisory. But the real doozy will be on Sunday, where all of the elements — wind, rain and waves — will become more robust.

Talk about a one-two punch. Note the small system currently hugging the coast, followed by the substantially bigger system behind it.
© 2018

“Don’t go to the beach. Don’t step on the sand. Stay on the sidewalk,” meteorologist Brian Garcia was quoted as saying in a SF Gate story. Well, that might be a bit extreme, but please use caution and stay safe out there, everyone, and enjoy nature’s show — the Mavericks Challenge may be a go for next week.

1 Comment

  1. John Hughes 5 years ago

    Thanks for the up to date info. I used to be a sailer on SF Bay and SoCal and surfed the Coast. Now I’m old and walk with a cane. The articles and news takes me back a long time ago. John Hughes

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